Five reasons to make family dinners a priority

The pumpkins have been brought inside, and it's now the holiday season. We love this time of year, especially because of its emphasis on gathering with people we love.

Dining together with family members during the holidays is a time of enjoyment and bonding, an opportunity to catch up on the news of each other's lives.

But a warm dinner with the family can make any night a comforting occasion, whether or not it's cold outside. At this time of year, when families gather for traditional dining, they might consider the importance of regular meals together.

According to Janet Peterson, author of the books "Remedies for the 'I Don't Cook Syndrome' " and "Family Dinners," regular family meals give children something to look forward to.

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